Vivi and Brigette’s Home Away from Home

updated May 4, 2019
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(Image credit: Joni Lay)

Name: Vivi & Brigette
Location: South Georgia
Room Size: 12′ x 13′

Lay Baby Lay is a wonderful place to find nursery and kids’ inspiration, so I was beyond excited to hear that the website’s editor Joni was designing a shared space for her girls at her family’s farmhouse. Joni is a master at mixing styles to create a cohesive look. This space is a mix of vintage, modern, and classic pieces, while the accessories and wall panels give it a whimsical, campy feel. The room has a bright airy feel, with fun references to adventure, camping, and scouting.

(Image credit: Joni Lay)
(Image credit: Joni Lay)

What is your favorite piece or element?

That is hard to say! I do really love the bedding. I usually go with simple, white bedding, but the adorable patterns really add just the right touch of fun and lightheartedness, and I think they also keep the room from being too girly. I also love Vivi’s bed. I purchased it secondhand, and my dad made a new headboard and footboard, and then we painted it white, making it completely custom and perfect for her. The miniature proportions of a toddler bed are so cute. It makes me almost wish we had gone with a toddler bed in her room at home.

What was the biggest challenge decorating this room?
The biggest challenge was probably the furniture arrangement. The room isn’t that large and has a lot of windows and doors taking up wall space. I ended up choosing to go with a toddler sized bed rather than a twin, and we made a wall-mounted bookshelf to keep the room feeling open and to allow for maximum play-space!

(Image credit: Joni Lay)

What do your friends say about the room?
They love it; they say it feels really happy and fun.

Do you have any advice for parents creating a room for their child?
Be imaginative. Don’t feel limited by what is traditional or what others are doing. Find items that inspire you, that you love, and that you think your children will love and figure out a way to make it work. I fell in love with that boy scout backpack and I felt like it held the memories of many fond childhood adventures, so I bought it and saved it even though I wasn’t sure how to display it. It looks perfect on the vintage arrow and is just the right touch. I also think the chandelier adds a lot. I wouldn’t have imagined it to start with, but I came across it at one of my favorite thrift stores when everything was nearly done, and it seems to tie everything together just right. It’s also a nice little feminine touch, but the oranges and yellows keep it from being too sweet. So, don’t be afraid to be unconventional and make unexpected pairings! Everything does not have to match.

If money were no object, what’s your dream source?
I adore vintage furniture and accessories. It’s my favorite way to shop, and while it’s often much less expensive than buying new, I frequently have to turn down purchases, so I’d love to be able to just splurge on those much loved pieces that can add so much to a space! I also love DwellStudio, but nearly everything there is out of my price range!

(Image credit: Joni Lay)

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Thanks, Joni! Readers, you can see more of Joni at her blog, Lay Baby Lay.